Weekend Watchdog Wrap-up

Bill Scher

Were the three questions posed here on Friday’s “Weekend Watchdogs”, for Vice-President Dick Cheney, actually asked on the Sunday shows?

Not really.

The closest CBS’ Bob Schieffer came was in regards to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

While he didn’t forcefully ask if Scooter Libby lied to prosecutors to hide Cheney’s role in revealing Valerie Wilson’s identity, he did ask: “Do you, in any way, feel responsible for what happened to him?”

And he followed up with, “I ask you that because, as you well know, Senator (Charles) Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that he was the fall guy for you.”

Cheney, unsurprisingly, ducked all PlameGate questions by saying it would be “inappropriate” to discuss the case.

Regarding the Prosecutor Purge, Schieffer broached the general subject, but did not specifically ask about the Bush administration’s partisan pursuit of voter fraud cases.

Cheney slipped out of answering questions by saying:

I don’t know anything about the particular problem you’re talking about. I mean, this took place inside the Justice Department.

But the administration’s argument has been the president was setting Justice Department’s policies, like prioritizing voter fraud.

The V.P. has no argument to avoid questions about presidential directives. Yet Schieffer did not press the point.

Finally, there was no question about the connection that Eschaton made, that the Pentagon was already planning on extended troop deployments while Bush was claiming Democratic legislation would cause such extensions.

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